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'Can You Hear Me?’ Steven Avery Pens Letter From Prison Begging For Support

"I was framed by Corrupt prosecutors, bad lawyers and crooked cops," Avery writes. "I am fighting for my life."

By Gina Tron
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Steven Avery's post-conviction lawyer has shared a new letter he penned begging the public for continued support.

Lawyer Kathleen Zellner tweeted the letter Wednesday, a day after she visited Avery at Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.

That letter reads as follows:

Message from Steven Avery to my supporters,

There are times that I feel like giving up. I've been in prison 34 years as an innocent man.


I was framed by Corrupt prosecutors, bad lawyers and crooked cops. I am fighting for my life. Can you hear me?

I need all the public support you can give me. I will not give up if you do not give up on me,

Thank you for your support,

Truth wins

Steven Avery

Avery is the main subject of the hit Netflix docu-series "Making a Murderer.” The first season of the show, released in 2015, raised questions about the convictions of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach, a photographer. Both were sentenced to life in prison in 2007. The documentary suggested that police may have planted evidence on Avery’s property, and that investigators took advantage of Dassey’s limited intellect in order to coax him into confessing.

Wisconsin authorities stand by their conclusion that Avery murdered Halbach and burned her body on his property.

On New Year’s Day 2019, Zellner tweeted about her dedication to find justice for her client.

“Steven Avery’s fight for freedom is never going to end,” she wrote. “Every new DNA test, new witness, new case just fuels the effort. We’ll create the biggest court record in America if necessary to free him ... just warming up for 2019.”

In February Zellner filed a motion asking Wisconsin's Appellate Court to remand the case back to a state circuit court in order for bones, believed to be Halbach’s, to be tested for DNA. Zellner believes that testing will prove the bones were planted behind Avery's trailer, thus exonerating him. That motion was successful and Zellner’s legal team hopes it will eventually result in a new trial for their client.